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« on: Nov 20, 2013 at 08:53 »

Browns open as a tepid fave (from -1 to -2.5).

Self-destructed versus an apparently fading Bengals team, then nearly fell apart on landing.  Yes, they were screaming like little girls.  Would have been tragic to have the team destroyed in a fireball on the tarmac, though.  And not the Patriots or Ravens, e.g.

Ben has 16 games against the Browns, and is 15-1 with a 99.8 QBR and a 24-10 TD-INT ratio.  November is actually Ben's worst month WRT QBR (87.5).  Best to worst:  October (100.7), January (94.0), December (91.7), September (89.4), November. 

Jason Campbell had excellent games versus KC (105.4) and Balty (116.6), but with a career 82.4 QBR it seemed a matter of time before he'd revert toward the norm, or even overcompensate (44.3 v. Cinci).  Figured out?  Gordon is still wildly productive, but streaky:  5-132 v. KC and 5-125 v. Cinci, but longs of 47 and 74:  don't give up the long play (that means break up passes, TACKLE, and double).  (Duh.)  McGahee is the wheels, and frankly he looks shot.  Not that we're matriculating the fucking ball via the running game, but.  Ogbonnaya is the real rushing threat.  Jordan Cameron could be a tough matchup, but the PSD covered the Lions bigs well, for 3 quarters at least. 

Their DL could be problematic, and Mingo has 4 sacks (calling Jarbust Jones... Jarbust Jones... please pick up the white courtesy telephone.)  Haden remains a top CB.  They have 31 sacks on the year, PSD has an abysmal 18.  Seriously, we're slack. Good opportunity for Worilds to show his stuff though.  They have 8 INTs, and surprisingly we have 6.  Not sure where the stretch plays in the running game or why Bell's confidence looks weak. 

I think we win, but closer than one might hope for.
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 20, 2013 at 08:57 »

Previously predicted:

@ Browns 11/24:  Steelers 23, Browns 17.  5-6.
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 20, 2013 at 10:23 »

Who wants to be no no-huddle to start?  Or at least until we're down.  Gotta establish that 25 carry 37 yard power running game. 


Fuck draft position.  Win this one and make that thanksgiving match-up mean something.
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 20, 2013 at 11:16 »

Browns open as a tepid fave (from -1 to -2.5).

FUCK

Bad sign.  Cleveland hasn't been a favorite against Pittsburgh in 10 years.

Unless it swings widely in the other direction, I'd take Cleveland with that number.
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 20, 2013 at 13:24 »

Ben just got AFC Player of the Week

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« Reply #5 on: Nov 20, 2013 at 14:11 »

Ben just got AFC Player of the Week

:jinx:

Bullshit.

He'll have laser focus this week, catching up on Walking Dead eps and eating hot dogs.
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 20, 2013 at 14:24 »

Ben just got AFC Player of the Week

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Bullshit.

He'll have laser focus this week, catching up on Walking Dead eps and eating hot dogs.

That's his idea of a "more cerebral approach". Usually it's a week of shooting squirrel and eating mayo straight from the jar.
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 20, 2013 at 15:45 »

Ben just got AFC Player of the Week

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Bullshit.

He'll have laser focus this week, catching up on Walking Dead eps and eating hot dogs.

That's his idea of a "more cerebral approach". Usually it's a week of shooting squirrel and eating mayo straight from the jar.

Mayo on fried squirrel is a damn sight tastier'n jess plain mayo, but jess plain mayo ain't bad...
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 24, 2013 at 14:01 »

Sun of a gun, it's 20-3. NFL Redzone has shown a fair amount of this so far.  The Steelers are rounding into a team that can usually win against the mediocre and downtrodden of the NFL.  So I guess that's something.  I'm not saying this one is a done deal, but it is.  So, let's say they win on Turkey Day and get this mess to .500.  Then what?  If they hadn't been so utterly annihilated by the Patsies, I'd probably be in full-on optimistic fan boy mode.  At the moment, not so much.
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 24, 2013 at 14:47 »

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